Vic Falls carnival lives to billing

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THE annual Jameson Victoria Falls Carnival has lived up to expectations, with this year’s edition attracting over 3 000 people from across the globe.
Almost all hotels and lodges were bubbling full with 80 percent of their clients being carnival goers, said the organizers of the annual event which kicked off on Monday and ended Wednesday in the resort town.
The venue was Victoria Falls Farm School with a perfect environment for an outside world party where an ecstatic crowd braved the rains on Tuesday for the Colour Festival which kicked off at 11am ending at 7pm.
At the colour festival people were treated to fun as they would spray each other with different colours of powder while dancing to fine tunes.
“We are happy with the way the event is growing. The majority of people are from South Africa and Zimbabwe while over 100 are from overseas,” said one of the organizers Blessing Munyenyiwa.
He said: “Two years ago we started with about 1000 people and the number grew to 2,200 last year while this year an excess of 3,000 bought tickets for each night. Hotels are fully booked and 80 percent of their guests are people who came for the carnival.”
Munyenyiwa said they would work hard to make the event an annual occasion to liven up the usually quiet resort town.
Tickets were going for $55 per day and Munyenyiwa said about 500 tickets were offered to locals as plans are underway to introduce local rates next year.
Some of the finest DJs from South Africa and Zimbabwe rocked the revellers while on Wednesday Cape Town based Beatenberg, Zimbabwe’s own legend, Oliver ‘’Tuku’’ Mtukudzi and the Harare reggae-dancehall artist Winky D were expected to provide entertainment at the New Year’s Festival to welcome the new year.
The programme started with a train ride to a secret bush destination at Jafuta about 13km outside the resort town where the joyous crowd was treated to continuous music from 5pm until 12 midnight.
Zimbabwe council of tourism vice president Tich Hwingwiri said they were happy about the event and would help organizers so it can be sustained as an annual event.Advertisement